by Frank Holmes, reporter
The media are thrilled about the “peaceful transition of power” this week.
After years of covering former President Donald Trump, where negative stories outnumbered positive stories more than nine to one, reporters are crowing about the inauguration of President Joe Biden. They say the oldest president in the nation’s history will return to the “norms” — meaning that he’ll put the Deep State back in charge of the country.
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But they have another reason to celebrate: Donald Trump and his family didn’t steal the White House fixtures on the way out… unlike the Clintons.
When Bill Clinton left office in 2001, he and Hillary slipped through the Rose Garden with hundreds of thousands of dollars in furniture that belonged to the American people.
They stole the White House furniture.
Even though government officials told them to keep their hands off, the Clintons shipped such expensive items as a TV armoire, a glass and iron table, and several tables to their new home in Chappaqua, New York.
They started hoovering up the items out of the people’s house a full year before his second term ended.
The Clintons’ lawyer said these were all “personal gifts received before President Clinton’s assuming office,” but officials say they were actually part of a plan to redecorate the public building… they didn’t belong to the Clinton family personally.
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“As far as we were concerned, they were government property,” said White House chief usher Gary J. Walters.
All in all, the Clintons stole $190,000 in White House furniture—which they called “gifts”—with them to their new digs. And they only paid back $86,000 worth.
Imagine if President Trump and his family ransacked the East Wing before he took his final ride into the sunset? The media would be outraged.
Of course, the Clintons raised fleecing the American people into a high art. They set up a shady “charitable foundation,” which let Hillary Clinton keep receiving gifts from foreign governments while she was a U.S. Senator and then-Secretary of State.
The Trumps came to serve—and they didn’t steal the spoons.
The Clinton team didn’t just steal furniture: They vandalized the White House, too.
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Clinton’s Democratic team couldn’t handle the fact that Republicans would be succeeding them, especially after the contentious 2000 election.
So, they trashed the place.
Clinton staffers ripped the “W” off computer keyboards, stole the presidential seal, tore antique doorknobs off the doors, and tore phones apart.
“The Clinton administration treated the White House worse than college freshmen checking out of their dorm rooms,” said then-Congressman Bob Barr of Georgia.
The Democrats’ temper tantrum did a total of $15,000 worth of damage to the White House, according to a report from the Government Accounting Office (which is now the Government Accountability Office).
So far, the only thing Trump staffers have been said to leave behind are letters for their successors. Not a key is out of place, not a phone tampered with, not a rug out of place.
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And one of the worst transition in history came four years ago. Barack Obama spied on the Trump campaign, instituted the Russian collusion hoax as an “insurance policy,” and left behind an army of Deep State staffers to ambush the president’s agenda every step of the way.
If the Republicans ever did anything of the sort, the media would never let them live it down.
But that’s the difference between the Clintons, Biden, Obama, and Trump: Trump didn’t need to become president for wealth or prestige. He didn’t do it to get his hands on decent furniture. And as an outsider, he had no loyalists to leave buried deep in the bureaucracy.
He came to serve, and he left the office—and the country—better than he found it.
Frank Holmes is a veteran journalist and an outspoken conservative that talks about the news that was in his weekly article, “On The Holmes Front.”